Johan Cruyff Institute participates as Academic Partner of WFS Live with panel, workshop and stand

July 6, 2020

Johan Cruyff Institute participates as Academic Partner of WFS Live with panel, workshop and stand

Juan Sebastián Verón, Juan Pablo Caffa and Natalia Gaitán will discuss the importance of academic training in the football industry in the Johan Cruyff Institute panel, and two experts in sports law, Enric Ripoll and James Kitching, will lead a workshop on the changes in FIFA’s regulations, within the framework of WFS Live, which will be held for the first time in virtual format

In its endeavor to contribute to the professionalization of the football industry from an academic perspective, Johan Cruyff Institute participates as academic partner of one of the most important and influential international conferences in the sector, WFS Live, which will be held this year from July 6 to 10 in virtual format as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Johan Cruyff Institute is participating in the event hosting one of the panel discussions and holding a workshop for industry professionals, and will also have a virtual stand in the ‘Exhibitor’ space offering information on all its academic programs in football business, sport management, sport marketing and sponsorship, and coaching.

Juan Sebastián Verón, a former footballer and president of the club Estudiantes de la Plata, Juan Pablo Caffa, a former professional Argentine footballer, currently in charge of the American MLS and USL soccer market at the sports management agency Twenty Sports Management, and Natalia Gaitán, a Colombian footballer and one of the stars of Valencia CF in the Spanish women’s first division, will give their opinion on the importance of academic training for footballers and the doors it opens to them when the time comes for their retirement. The panel, moderated by the sports director at the EFE agency, Luis Villarejo, can be followed live through the WFS Live platform on Wednesday, July 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (CEST).

Johan Cruyff Institute has been part of the World Football Summit since its inception in 2016, bringing great names from the football scene such as Jorge Valdano, Roberto Martínez, Christina Karembeu or Shabnam Mobarez to the stage of its flagship event in Madrid to explain how they prepared their retirement as footballers and entered the world of work. Juan Pablo Caffa and Natalia Gaitán, specifically, both prepared for that day as students of Johan Cruyff Institute. Juan Pablo successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Marketing Online in 2015 and the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Sponsorship Online in 2016, while Natalia also completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Management Online with merit in 2018. Together with them will be Juan Sebastián Verón who, after succeeding as a midfielder in Argentine and European football, now manages Estudiantes de la Plata, the club where he made his professional debut.

The workshop organized by Johan Cruyff Institute at WFS Live will answer the questions there are about the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the football industry at the level of jurisprudence. Enric Ripoll, a lawyer specialized in national and international sports law and a member of the AEDD (Spanish Association of Sports Law) since 2011, and professor of sports law at Johan Cruyff Institute, and James Kitching, director of football regulation at FIFA, will lead the workshop and explain how FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have implemented the latest amendments to the RSTP (FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players), the Disciplinary Code and the Code of Ethics, among others. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, July 7, from 12pm to 1pm (CEST).

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